Sounds Around #40 – Son Lux

“Change Is Everything” by Son Lux on Bones (2015)

This is catchy and dramatic, but more importantly, the music video is amazing! Even if the lyrics or the music aren’t your thing, you’ll probably appreciate the creativity and effort involved in making a stop-motion music video from pins and string. Yep, that’s it.

Google Shows Us What It Looks Like When People Around The World Are Searching For Ways To Help Nepal

I think this is an awesome example of using big data to illustrate that, every now and then, humanity cares less about a Kardashian or a Swift, and more about things that actually matter. Helping people. Check out this gif.

People around the world are searching for ways to help #Nepal, as shown in this chart of searches for ‘Nepal’ and ‘help’ in various languages in the… – Google – Google+

Source: Google (G+ Post)| People around the world are searching for ways to help #Nepal, as shown in this…

Android Peeps, Send Yourself Notes, Directions, Or Set An Alarm On Your Device(s) From A Search Bar

Here’s a quick tip for you Android people out there. From any google search bar (assuming your devices are linked and you’re properly set up), you can now type –

  1. “note to self [insert note]”
  2. “send a note [insert note]”
  3. “send directions [insert destination]”
  4. “set an alarm [insert time]”

… and then choose which device should receive the action. Pretty cool, huh?

Every minute after you clock out of the office counts. Next time you run errands after work, push directions from your computer to your Android phone and… – Google – Google+

Source: Google (G+ Page) – Every minute after you clock out of the office counts. Next time you run…

Periodic Table And Foosball Table, A Peep Interpretation

True, the WaPo has a really, really big Peep diorama contest every year, but for some reason I’ve never spent much time looking for Peep dioramas elsewhere. Until today.

The internet is a black hole where something strange happens to time. And occasionally – often – you find really cool stuff. Like these Peep projects.

Source: Happy Peepster 2015!

If Only DC Had A Comedy Bus Tour Like Asheville’s LaZoom Tours

While down in Asheville last year I went on LaZoom’s comedy bus tour, and in short, DC should import the idea. It’s hilarious and fun. And though I suspect a DC comedy tour wouldn’t necessarily permit or encourage drinking on the tour bus, it’d still be a lot of fun.

Asheville is widely known as a unique, lovely, giddy little city. There’s never been anything quite like it, and there’s never been anything anywhere like the multiple award-winning LaZoom Comedy Tours! Asheville and LaZoom were made for each other! There’s no better way than riding with LaZoom and its wild guides to discover Asheville’s living, beating heart and quirky sense of humor! LaZoom is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Get on the bus for the ride of your life!

Source: LaZoom Tours

An Elusive Handicorn Spotted Enjoying The Cherry Blossoms In Washington DC

You can count on all kinds of tourists roaming the tidal basin when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms reach peak bloom, but it’s incredibly rare to see the elusive handicorn enjoying the cherry blossoms amongst thousands and thousands of tourists.

Accessibility And Google’s New reCAPTCHA, The “noCAPTCHA”

What is Google’s new reCAPTCHA

Google’s new reCAPTCHA replaces older CAPTCHA models by asking users to check a box instead of looking at a distorted image and filling in the text/numbers. It is a single click solution to the CAPTCHA problem – when it works.

The new reCAPTCHA will fall back to older CAPTCHA models if Google’s “risk analysis engine” thinks you might be a bot.

What it does?

The new reCAPTCHA is a widget utilizing Google’s reCAPTCHA API (version 2.0) in order order to verify people are not bots. It works by passing along the user’s behaviors to Google’s “risk analysis engine” before, during, and after a user checks a box so that Google can determine whether a single-click solution is justified. If not, the user will be presented the traditional reCAPTCHA.

What will it do for you?

It will reduce spam.

reCAPTCHA reports the daily pass and fail stats in an admin console, and will also show how many noCAPTCHAs were rendered per day as well as a site spam index chart.

reCAPTCHA can support users that don’t have JavaScript enabled if the widget is automatically rendered (versus deferring, or explicitly rendering the widget).

It will likely infuriate users using assistive devices.

What are its weaknesses?

Google’s new reCAPTCHA is still being evaluated by the accessibility community and those using assistive devices, so there’s no consensus on its performance. Within the accessibility community there’s not a lot of love for CAPTCHAs, and thus far Google’s new reCAPTCHA has done very little to change this. The following are documented and/or commonly reported problems –

  • regularly falling back to traditional CAPTCHA when using assistive devices
  • keyboard tabbing issues
  • selecting images with a keyboard
  • iframe/title attributes when using JAWS (Firefox/IE)
  • audio challenges and typing into forms
  • implementations can alter

The API key pair is unique to the domains and first-level subdomains, however, I’m not sure how this impact complex, federated “sites”.

How will it benefit you?

For those not using assistive devices, as long as Google doesn’t think the user is a bot, Google’s new reCAPTCHA is simple and elegant, and will likely reduce spam without negatively affecting usability.

For those using assistive devices, Google’s new reCAPTCHA presents the same accessibility issues limiting traditional CAPTCHAS, as well as an additional step (the failed noCAPTCHA reCAPTCHA stop).